Just a week or two of high temperatures with no rain can transform a pretty garden to dry crusty leaves, dead flowers, and limp stems and foliage.
For the first half of July, everything still looked pretty good. The Vitex on the left had finished blooming and the Pink Coneflowers still had some flowers. I recently pruned the Vitex in the hopes that it will bloom again this fall.
Hardy Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) last a long time: from mid spring until mid July, depending on the weather . Their refreshing look makes me happy. But everything has its limits. 100 plus temperatures and dry heat with no relief buries us all.
The routine now is for me to get out early, just after the sun rises, and water pot plants every other day. Because I have so many, it takes over an hour. Gardening obession has gotten a little out of hand.
Purple Heart is also in the shade most of the day, so it is thriving. I have mistakenly identifed Purple Heart as Wandering Jew in some posts. A friend pointed out that they are not the same plant at all.
Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) marches on. I don’t think anything can kill it. In fact, I have been trying to kill some that is encroaching on a rose bush. It took multiple applications of Round Up before there was any noticeable damage.
Mexican Petunias love the heat. Can’t say that I agree with them. Hope you live in cooler temperatures or can stay inside and enjoy A/C most of the time.
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